Stress is something we all experience at some point in our lives, but many of us may not be aware of the array of negative effects it can be having on your mind and body.
High levels of stress mean your body’s immune system can’t function the way it’s supposed to, affecting your skin and causing acne flare ups and conditions such as eczema. We hope with these simple yet vital tips we can shed some light on how to reduce stress, guiding you on your way to feeling a whole lot better.
As we have previously mentioned, most recently in our post about skincare resolutions to make right now, sleep is key to keeping stress levels at bay, therefore increasing the health of your skin, overall mental happiness, wellbeing, immune system function and energy levels.
Get comfy and ease into your sleep by switching off bright electronic devices and not watching television before heading to bed. These distractions can keep your brain overstimulated and lead to a sleepless night! Try a spot of reading, journal writing, or listening to gentle music. Whatever works for you.
We know, exercise can be hard enough when you’re feeling upbeat and energetic, but when you are suffering from anxiety and stress? It can seem impossible. Don’t fear though – you don’t need to go out and sign up for a gym membership (unless that’s your thing, then go for it!) exercise can be done from home, in the local park, or even on your lunch break.
30 minutes each day is enough to get your heart pumping and your circulation going, leading to increased levels of dopamine which will make you feel happier. Yay!
So take a walk through the park with your dog, stroll around your local countryside or beach, take a quick run, play a game of badminton or tennis, go swimming, cycling…the possibilities are (almost) endless! Why not try gentle stretches each morning, inspired by yoga. With the myriad of free online tutorials you can get all the goodness of a yoga class from the comfort of your own bedroom.
The concept of self-care can be hard to grasp, as we are all often guilty of rushing through each day, working long hours and forgetting to stop and actually consider how we are feeling. It can be weeks of stress before we realise we are even feeling that way at all.
Self-care is all about taking time to do the things which make you happy, and caring for yourself and your wellbeing. This can mean different things to different people, but whatever it is that makes you feel happy – do it! Take a bath on a Sunday morning, buy yourself fresh flowers, light your favourite candle, keep exercise regular and stick to healthy eating as much as possible.
All these little things add up to a less stressed, and less prone to stress you.
What do you do to reduce and combat stress? We’d love to hear about it, let us know in the comments.